2008-04-25 / Community

Senator Smith Reflects On Earth Day

Since its inception, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, Americans were primarily using leaded gas in massive V-8 engines in their sedans. Industries spewed smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or retribution in the media. Some even went as far as to equate air pollution with the smell of prosperity. But the creation of Earth Day turned all that around.

"As we mark the 38th celebration of Earth Day, the importance of protecting our planet becomes more critical with each passing year. Our goal in the Democratic Conference is to provide strong and sensible leadership in conservation, energy efficiency, and green initiatives," said State Senator Malcolm Smith.

This year Senate Democrats have a strong set of proposals to help keep New York's environment pristine. These proposals include reducing sulfur emissions in our home heating oil and school buses; redeveloping our brownfields to attract businesses and create jobs; safeguarding our working farms, forests and orchards against sprawl; and protecting our wetlands. And we continue to encourage energy efficient building practices, accelerating the move to green energy sources, and supporting the development of green jobs and green industries.

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